Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim League

Athlete Hall of Fame Recipients

 

Date of  Induction  Athlete Comment
July 1999.   

Tom Gompf

Dayton Central

While swimming and diving for Dayton Central at National YMCA Championships: Athlete's high point, and 1st place in 1m diving, 3m diving, and 200 IM in 1956; 1st place in 1m diving, 3m diving, and trampoline in 1957. All-American for 3 years in diving and gymnastics at Ohio State University. Bronze medalist, 10m diving in the 1964 Olympics. Served as coach or judge of Olympic diving in 1976, 1984, 1988. Board member or officer of US Diving Inc., US Olympic Committee, FINA Diving, US Aquatics Sports, and the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

July 1999

Marty Hubbell

Countryside

While swimming for Countryside YMCA, he held 24 Cluster records; won 11 SC National titles (5 relay) and 16 LC National titles (6 relay); in 1992 held or shared 4 SC National records and still has 2; and held 4 LC records and still has 2. Graduated from U. of Texas in 1997, chosen U. of Texas scholar/athlete in 1996. Now attending law school.

March 2003

Molly Weithorn

​Powell Crosley

 

Molly began her swimming career as a novice swimmer for the Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA in the fall of 1987 at age 9 and continued through her senior year in high school in 1997.  She continued her career and developed into a tremendous swimmer specializing in the IM.  She finished her YMCA swimming career as the most accomplished female swimmer in Tigershark history.

Molly continued her swimming career at Miami University.  She was an immediate contributor for the RedHawks at the Mid-American Conference Championships during her four years.  During these years, she trained with the Tigersharks each summer serving as a role model in the water to younger Tigershark swimmers.  She ended her swimming career as the 2001 MAC Champion in the 400 IM.  She graduated from Miami with a 3.50 GPA in Elementary Education.

While Molly’s athletic career is distinguished, her award is based on her commitment to give back to YMCA swimming.  She rejoined the Tigershark Swimming Team as White Practice Group Coach in the summer of 2001.  She was named Senior Assistant in the fall of 2001.  She is a committed coach for the Tigershark Swimming Program where she developed as a swimmer and a person.  She works with 45-70 Tigershark swimmers daily between the two practice groups.  She has performed extremely well as a coach and is respected by the current athletes for her passion and dedication to the swimmers.  She relates well to the seniors and 11-12 swimmers and is an excellent teacher of swimming skills and competitive techniques.  She has developed and implemented a comprehensive dryland training program for the Tigershark senior swimmers.  She has brought the same dedication, enthusiasm and goal oriented tenacity from her swimming career to her coaching career. Each time, the Tigershark Swimming Team has been the beneficiary.

March 2003

Dod Wales

M.E. Lyons

 
March 2017

Margo Geer

Springfield

I first met Margo as an eager, six-year-old swimmer who exudes an on-going pursuit of personal, educational, and athletic excellence. Margo has achieved many goals and dreams through her determination and tremendous sense of responsibility by being accountable for her actions and beliefs. Over the many years of swimming, Margo has never backed down from any challenges. Even as a SPY club swimmer, she did tally up many hours of swim practices, dryland workouts, and swim meets revealing her self-motivation and passion for swimming.

Numerous achievements and awards highlight Margo’s impressive high school and club swimming career. Margo became the first swimmer in Ohio High School swimming history for girls and boys to win two events at the high school state championship meet 4 times. She still holds the Ohio High School Division II Championship’s Event Records for 50 yard FR 22.35 and 100 yard FR 48.45 which are also pool records at Canton’s C.T. Branin Natatorium. She is ranked #24 on JJ Huddle’s Ohio’s Top 50 Athletes of the Decade: 1999-2009. As a SPY swimmer, she first qualified for YMCA National Short Course Championship at age 12. She was selected to USA Swimming’s Junior National Team, which provided her first experience of international swimming. Another highlight that capped off her club swimming was the 2010 and her last YMCA National Short Course Championship. She again blasted out jaw-dropping performances; she won 4 individual events, plus setting 4 Championship Meet records in 50 yard FR, 100 yard FR, 200 yard FR, and 100 yard BK, still holding numerous SW OH Y League Champs and League Records. Even with her swimming commitment, she consistently received excellent grades throughout her education. At her Fairbanks High School, she was Valedictorian, National Honor Society Member, and Student Council President. With so much in her life, she has never lost focus for one most important thing- her family and friends.

Continuing to excel at the Univ. of Arizona in swimming, sportsmanship, academics, leadership, highlights of accolades and awards are: 3-time NCAA DI National Champion, 27 NCAA All-American Honors, team captain, 2014 PAC-12 Women’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete, Arizona’s Athletic Department’s Top Female Athlete of the Year for all four years of swimming, 2015 PAC-12’s Woman of the Year, and 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Top Nine Finalist. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with Cum Laude honors.

Margo is also a great role model; even as a high school swimmer on SPY, she loved helping the younger age group kids. Despite her busy high school schedule, she participated in the “Stand and Deliver” program developed by Larry Larson, which took top high school senior athletes to middle schools and elementary schools in Central Ohio to talk about life and growing up. Over her five collegiate years, she always volunteered time when at home to provide motivational talks for SPY's swimmers and instructors.  

Geer attended the University of Arizona, where she swam for the Arizona Wildcats swimming team.
> Three-time NCAA DI National Champion (50-yard FR in 2013; 100-yard FR in 2013 and 2014). 
> 2015 Pac-12 Woman of the Year
> Selected as one of nine Finalists for 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year
> Competed in Olympic Trials 
   - 2008 (50m FR 26.42 placed 41st)
   - 2012 (50m FR 25.26 placed 7th and 12th in the 100m FR 54.85 placed 12th) 
   - 2016 50m FR placed 16th, 100m FR placed 15th)
> Represented the United States at the 2015 FINA World Aquatics Championships:
   - gold medal 4×100-meter mixed fr relay
   - silver medal in the 4 × 100 m mixed medley relay
   - bronze medal in the 4×100-meter women’s fr relay

March 2022

Zach Apple

Great Miami Valley YMCA (GMVY)

Zach Apple started his swimming career at the Walnut Grove Swim Club in Trenton, OH at the age of 6. In many peoples eyes he was a late comer to the sport when he joined year-round swimming at the age of 16 when he joined the East Butler/GMVY team where he was coached by Chris Bushelman. Zach caught on very quickly. In 2015, His senior year of highs school Zach won the 50 free and placed 2 nd in the 200 free at YMCA Long Course Nationals. This is where he broke the League Record in the 50 that still holds today!
 

After Graduating from High School, Zach attended Auburn University. As a freshman for the Auburn Tigers, he finished 19th in the 50-yard freestyle, 35th in the 100-yard and 20th in the 200-yard freestyle at the 2016 Men's NCAA Division I Championships. He also earned All-American honors as a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay that finished sixth. In his sophomore year, Apple tied for fourth place in the 50-yard freestyle at the 2017 Men's NCAA Division I Championships. He also finished 12th and 14th in the 200 and 100-yard freestyle, and was a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay that finished sixth, 400-yard freestyle relay that finished 11th and 800-yard freestyle relay that finished 12th. As a junior, Apple tied for 5th place in the 50-yard freestyle and was part of Auburn’s 11th place in the 200-yard freestyle relay at the 2018 Men's NCAA Division I Championships. He also earned a third place in the 200-yard freestyle and finished tenth in the 100-yard freestyle. In his final college season as a Hoosier, Apple finished fifth in the 50-yard freestyle, second in the 200 and third in the 100-yard freestyle. He also contributed to the team's second NCAA title in the 400-yard medley relay, 200 and 400-yard freestyle relays, which placed fourth.  

Throughout his time as a collegiate swimmer, Zach was also honing his skills and becoming one America's big threats in the long course pool. In 2017, Zach earned the right to represent our country at World Championships by swimming to a spot on our 400 Free Relay that started one of many international accolades. In 2018 he represented the United States once again at the Pan Pacific Championships. There he swam to a 5th place finish in the 100 Freestyle and 10th in the 200 Freestyle. Oh and lets not forget the Gold Medal in the 800 free relay! In 2019 Zach represented the USA at the World University games where he brought home 5 gold medals 100 and 200 Freestyles, 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay and the 400 Medley Relay. Also in 2019, Zach swam at the World Championships for his 2nd time in his career. Here he added to his collection of medals by winning a Silver Medal in the 400 Medley and a Bronze in the 800 Free Relay. He also won 2 Gold Medals (400 Free Relay and 400 Mixed Relay (which by the way was a new
WORLD RECORD).

On a tear going into the 2020 season, Zach was primed to make a big run at the Olympic Team. Unfortunately, all swimmers' careers were put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic but it didn't deter Zach from what he set out to do which is to make it to the Olympics. Once everyone returned to the pool, he went on to show everyone what he had trained for his whole life at the Olympic Trials. He finished 2nd in the 100 freestyle and finally earned his ticket to the Olympic where he competed in both the individual 100 free and 200 free as well as the 400 free relay. His 5th place finish in the 200 free earned him the right to swim on the 800 free relay. Swimming in the finals of the 400 free relay, Team USA won gold defeating the field by over 1 second in which Zach was the fastest on the relay splitting a 46.69! (This relay just missed the world record by .06.) With this blazing speed, Zach earned the anchor spot on the 400-medley relay. In this swim Zach was the fastest swimmer in the water splitting a 46.95 and taking TEAM USA to a WORLD RECORD!! And the rest is history.